Doctor Mom

We wake at 6:25am Monday through Friday.  Warm chocolate milk for Ella and Lucy, cold milk for Jack.  Everyone snuggles in the bed as they watch the last 5 minutes of whatever is finishing on Disney Junior and then patiently waits on Doc McStuffins to come on for our last 20 minutes of snuggle time before we get ready for school.  This is our morning routine--has been for the last 7 years; same routine, different shows.

Maybe because it hits so close to home, but there's something about Doc and her innocent knowledge of fixing boo-boo's that appeals to me.  Maybe its because its how I felt after Lucy got sick.  Now, after 2.5 years, you can call me Dr. Mom, Mom, MD, Momcologist.  Pick your favorite.  I answer to them all.  I can change central line dressings, administer potent IV medicines, change feeding tubes, monitor for seizures and feel as if I know the complete list of pharmaceuticals in the hospital pharmacy.

While those things are, thankfully, in our past I still keep busy changing band aids, doling out ibuprofen and administering ice packs.  Through all of this, my all time favorite Doc McStuffins moments are when kisses and hugs are the only medicine that works.  That's when I know I have done my job as a mother.  Those are the only two medical skills I was born knowing to do.  And I do them very well, if I do say so myself.

No one could have ever prepared me for being a Mom.  It is by far, hands down the hardest job on Earth.  No one else is expected to carry as many job titles as we are while being expected to do them well.  If you knew what was going to be expected of you as a mother none of us would have ever had children.  Even if a few of us were brave enough to try it we sure wouldn't have had more than one!  But that's not how we were made.  We march through motherhood bravely wearing the suit of honor called "Mom" and rise to challenges on a daily basis that would break even the strongest man.

We are made different--us Moms.  We were set apart to love, care, nurture and protect our children.  And we do it with a fervor and determination that only a mom's love can provide.  So, how about you? Do you have any great stories?  What about you and your children?  Do you role play at home after you watch Doc McStuffins?

I'm excited about new episodes of Doc McStuffins (starting Sept. 6th on Disney Junior), mainly because I love it when Lucy looks at Jack and says "One time I had an ouchy like her doll and I had to go see a doctor just like Dr. McMuffins."  How cute is that?  One day I'm sure Jack will bore of hearing her stories and one day I'm sure she will pronounce Doc's name correctly.  But right now, you can find us snuggling every morning watching to see what medical peril awaits the next Doc McStuffins toy.

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Be sure to check out the Disney’s "Doc McStuffins" site to explore the new episodes that will show every Friday in September starting on 9/6 on Disney Junior. And watch great tips for keeping your kids healthy from Doc McStuffins herself here!

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